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Onna Maizuru

Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797-1861)


女まい鶴

The subject matter here has not been satisfactorily identified to conclusively describe the depicted scene, and the title remains enigmatic. The woman in the background on the far left is using wooden clappers that are normally used in Noh and Kabuki performances, indicating that a dance is being performed.

The linework used to capture the lovely faces and varied poses is strong yet supple, possessing a tensile quality that both defines and adds volume to the forms. The gorgeous costumes contribute a rich pageantry to the scene.

Purchased for the John Herron Art Institute, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art, in 1931.

Object Information

artist
Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797-1861)
period
Edo
creation date
about 1847-1852
materials
color woodblock print
accession number
31.268A-B
credit line
Purchased form the D. P. Erwin Fund
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Asian Art